Himley 212-5 Berkswell 148-3
“A VAST improvement in all departments of our game,” was skipper Dominic Ostler’s comment as his Berkswell side ran out winners by seven wickets away at Himley who had been sitting at the top of the table as the match started.
Winning the toss, Ostler had no hesitation in electing to bowl first on a track showing a tinge of green and he was rewarded in the third over when Imran Arif, making his Berkswell debut, claimed the wicket of Himley captain Greg Wright (3) caught behind by Phil Neale.
Arif went on to claim two more wickets for 3 for 66 with Chris Cheslin claiming 2 for 26 to close out Himley on 212 for 5.
After a delay for rain at the start of the Berkswell reply, the visitors were now chasing a revised total of 200 in 42 overs to win the game.
Another rain delay reduced the target to 185 off 39 overs and openers James Neale and former England international and current Warwickshire player Darren Maddy, also making his Berkswell debut, set about the task.
However, Neale (3) was caught behind by Dhillon in the third over with ten runs on the scoreboard.
Tom Lewis now joined Maddy and the pair rapidly advanced the score before more wickets tumbled.
Skipper Ostler now joined Mohammed Akhlaq as more rain reduced the visitors target to 148 in 31 overs.
Berkswell reached the required runs with four overs to spare Ostler remaining undefeated on 48 and Akhlaq 45 not out.
A delighted Ostler said: “We bowled and fielded well and when batting in difficult conditions, and with regular interruptions due to the weather, we kept our concentration and stayed focused.
Berkswell take on Barnt Green at Meeting Hose Lane on Saturday with a 12 noon start.